Introduction: Understanding Renewal Movements in Orthodox Christianity

  • Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović
  • Radmila Radić
Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)


Over the course of the 19th century in most of the newly formed nation-states of Eastern Europe, autocephaly transformed churches into ‘national’ institutions. The secular elites of these countries attempted to modernise their church institutions and practices of religious life. During the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, the changes religion experienced as it came into contact with modernity were also reflected in the Orthodox churches of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, which adapted themselves to innovations and ideas from the West and embracing new forms of religiosity that developed in religious renewal movements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović
    • 1
  • Radmila Radić
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Balkan StudiesSASABelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Institute for Recent History of SerbiaBelgradeSerbia

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